FREE: Step into the ruins of London's Roman Amphitheatre and discover hidden history under your feet.
The City of London was under Roman rule for a fifth of its history. Around AD43, the Romans established Londinum: within 30 years, they are thought to have constructed a wooden amphitheatre, which received a major facelift in the early second century.
The remains were discovered only recently, during the redevelopment of the Guildhall Art Gallery in 1985 and offer a fascinating insight into the barbaric theatre of Roman London.
More than 7,000 spectators sat on tiered outdoor wooden benches to watch wild animal fight and the execution of criminals.
The section unearthed by archeologists shows the East entrance to the amphitheatre – this is what visitors walk through when they enter, as if entering as slaves or gladiators. Detritus found include bear & wolves bones and a leather bikini.
Archeologists believe an anti chamber to one side of this entrance would have been a holding bay for fighting animals, or those about to be executed.
Only one part of the amphitheatre has been unearthed – the full dimensions can be seen from above in the tiling of the Guildhall's courtyard.
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